The COST of Following Jesus

Date 30th September 2012  by Ryan Hemelaar - Operatin 513 Leader  Bible passage Luke 14:25-33

When most people think about what Jesus taught, usually what enters their mind is something like, “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Yes Jesus definitely did teach that, but there were also times when he taught some things which seemed very offensive. The passage we are looking at this Sunday evening contains one of the ‘offensive’

When God Repents – NO SERMON

Date 30th September 2012  by Greg Tenni - Elder  Bible passage Genesis 6:1-22

In Genesis 6 we read that God repents, but not in a way that makes anybody feel comfortable; so we will try to look at some of the reasons behind this. We also deal with the question of whether it is God who is angry with us, or if it is we who are angry

Blessed Are All…

Date 23rd September 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Psalm 2

Psalm 1 starts with the words “Blessed is the man… “ and Psalm 2 ends with the words “Blessed are all…” Together Psalm 1 and 2 tell us what is it that makes a person blessed. Last week, as we looked at the two pictures of a tree and of chaff, we unpacked what Psalm

Habakkuk: Prayer In Despair

Date 23rd September 2012  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Psalm 73 and Habakkuk 1:12-2:1

For Habakkuk things seemed to have gone from bad to worse. He asked God to act to change the people, but when God responds with the bombshell that he will be sending in the Babylonians to deal with the problem Habakkuk is confused. It’s as if Habakkuk is thinking “two wrongs do not make a

Blessed is the One…

Date 16th September 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Psalm 1

American journalist, novelist and Nobel prize winner, Ernest Hemmingway once said: “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know”. How true is this of western culture today? We pride ourselves on being the most ‘intelligent’ people who ever lived, and as Australians we certainly are among the best educated people in the world.

Habakkuk: The Strange Ways of God

Date 16th September 2012  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage 2 Kings 23:36-24:17 and Habakkuk 1:5-11

Today we continue our journey through the prayer diary of Habakkuk. The prophet had long prayed against the sins of God’s special nation- Judah. he loved God and he his nation and he hungered for God to act to bring relief and peace and revival. He longed for God to change hearts and lives and

Habakkuk: A Prophet’s Burden

Date 09th September 2012  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Psalm 13, Habakkuk 1:1-4

The book of Habakkuk takes us back some 2700 years. As we open the prophet’s prayer diary we see that he lived in a very different world but as you listen to his prayers and God’s word in responding to him it becomes clear that the human condition was much the same as it is

A Different Spirit…

Date 02nd September 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Numbers 14:24

Pope John XXIII once said: “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” On Sunday, the day when we give our full attention to Fathers we will take the time to both thank our fathers for their tireless efforts to be ‘real fathers’ as well as

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